John Bruns was named president of Boeing China in May 2016. He serves as Boeing’s senior in-country executive, leads companywide activities including government affairs and supports the implementation of Boeing’s China strategy. He is also responsible for supporting new business and industrial partnerships, managing corporate citizenship and expanding Boeing relationships with stakeholders in China. He is based in Beijing.
Bruns previously served as the Boeing Commercial Airplanes senior sales director for Northeast Asia and has more than 25 years of experience in the Chinese aviation market. He joined McDonnell Douglas in 1986 and worked in Engineering Test & Evaluation. In 1990, he was assigned to the McDonnell Douglas China Program Office in Long Beach and then moved to Beijing in 1994 as deputy to the president of McDonnell Douglas–China. Following the merger of Boeing and McDonnell Douglas in 1997, Bruns joined the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Sales organization and led numerous successful airplane sales campaigns with Chinese airlines and leasing companies. He was assigned to Beijing a second time from 2007 to 2015.
Bruns speaks Mandarin Chinese and is a member of the U.S.-China Business Council, the U.S.-China Aviation Cooperation Program and the American Chamber of Commerce in China.
After growing up in Asia, Bruns graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and a Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian studies from Bucknell University, Pennsylvania. In 1991, he earned a Master of Business Administration degree with an international business emphasis at the Drucker School of Management, Claremont Graduate University, California.